Award Year: 2022

Drum Intermediate School

4909 79th Avenue West
University Place, WA, 98467-1954

(253) 566-5660

Mrs. Maile Lau Carr, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Kari Ferguson, Current Principal

University Place School District

School Website


In a safe, civil, and caring environment, our Drum Intermediate School mission is to develop respectful, responsible, kind, lifelong learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 45%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 16%
Drum Wolves engaged in the daily activities of their year.

Drum Wolves engaged in the daily activities of their year.

Drum Intermediate School is a phenomenal place for kids to learn and grow because of the numerous ways our teachers and other staff provide support, guidance, encouragement and, importantly, high-quality instruction each day. Everyone in the Drum community focuses on being safe, respectful, responsible and kind while never losing sight of essential learning goals in math, ELA, social studies, science, music, and physical education.

Drum shares the district's mission of working with parents and the community to develop competent and contributing citizens. Specifically, at Drum, we believe that: 1) everyone contributes to a caring, civil and safe learning community by following common behavioral expectations, 2) intentional instruction creates quality learning opportunities, 3) expectations of trust, responsibility, and respect build character, and 4) diversity brings multiple perspectives, therefore adding richness and strength to our school community.

In addition to the rigorous academic curriculum at Drum, all students have access to daily music instruction, physical education, and social emotional supports. Drum offers after school enrichment opportunities for students in art, dance, language, and intramural sports, as well as competitive athletics for its 6th and 7th grade students. Drum works closely with parents and community to reshape supports and activities as new needs and/or interests are identified.

Staff members at Drum understand their role in a system designed to help all students succeed throughout their K-12 experience. To this end, Drum staff work together to construct and follow a guaranteed and viable curriculum aligned to a coherent, systematic district-level plan for learning. This collective commitment to student learning and collaboration helps Drum students soar in both the short and long term.